On the Road to LONDON BABY! Again!

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On the Road to LONDON BABY! Again!

Gauntlets:  Sub 0:30 5k, Sub 1:08 10k, Sub 2:30 Half.  Run 20 Half Marathons before I'm 65 years old (9 down, 11 to go)

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Runs #8 and #9

Couch to 5k #8 - Wednesday Alexandra Recreation Park – Anti-Clockwise Okay Ready: Runkeeper -On, MyRealBuzz – On, Charity Miles – On, Garmin – on (ish) Brisk 5 min walk to the park. Then run 6 mins, walk for 3 mins repeat 4 times.  5 mins cool down (...

Run #6 and #7 (still roughly ...

Couch to 5k #6 Friday Well I’m not keeping up with this blog as much as I’d hoped but I think it’s beginning to look a bit samey anyway.  Friday’s session was run for 8 mins and walk for 3 mins repeat.  Off to Alexandra Rec Park and went anti-clockwis...

Two sessions covered in this ...

Couch to 5k #4 Bank Holiday Monday Complicated timings: Jog 2mins, 2 walk, 4 jog, 3 walk, 2 jog, 2 walk, 4 jog, 3 walk. With 5 mins warm up and cool down. Total breakdown of electronics and brain unfortunately.  Phone is definitely on it’s last legs. ...

C to 5k #3 Alexandra Rec Park CW

Missed yesterdays session as back later then planned from Clacton. Bar Code Scanning at Dulwich Parkrun this morning so #3 in the Rec Park at mid day so it was very hot! Program said to run 2 mins walk 2 mins for 20 mins. Managed to complete the run ...

C to 5k #2 Alexandra Rec Park...

Early one today! being out before eight is quite a feat! Made it over to the park (5 mins warm up) then 90 seconds running followed by a 2 minute walk. It was still hard work! Sun was shining and I managed to get a few smiles and at least one 'mornin...

Couch to 5k #1 Alex Rec Park

I have no idea how long I’ll be able to keep this blogging up but New Program, New Day, New Resolution. Saturday saw me at Parkrun for the first time in simply AGES but not as a runner, simply as a bar-code scanner.  I felt very old fashioned and out o...

VLM 2019: I’m definitely done...

Back in 2013 I tracked a twitter friend running in the London Marathon.  Therein a dream was formed:  I wanted to run the London Marathon too! Full of nervous excitement I put my name down in the following years ballot and tentatively started running a...

London Marathon Virgin

I apologise for blogging before I’m up to date with everyone’s but I’m just so excited I couldn’t wait (especially in case someone beats me to this title) The postman arrived on Monday morning and Alan passed me a package with the comment “think it’s y...

.. To the Stones 2018

I’m afraid this has turned into a bit of an epic, but I’m working on the assumption this will be my first and only Ultra so want to commit as much as I can to ‘paper’.   I would also like to add an apology for not commenting on blogs recently – I love r...

Lisbon report

“That’s it!  I’m not doing any more marathons!” I said to Alan as I sat in the shade of the Statue of Dom Juan I, feeling hot, thirsty, tired and damp.  The whole Rock’n’Roll camp was being packed away, the finishing arch had already been dismantled and...

Belated Rock’n’Roll Dublin

Short version: Saturday 5k Official time: 34:35 (2016: 35:34) Sunday Half Marathon Official time: 2:56:31 (2016: 2:58:55) Blow-by-Blow account: Arrived at our hotel and once settled headed out to collect our running packs from Trinity College. I sa...

If's, But's, Maybe's and Excu...

Guess I should admit that I’ve been nursing an ‘injury’ for a wee while but I was unsure how it was going to pan out on the day.  A few weeks ago on a long run, one leg started to feel ‘heavy’ (which I thought strange).  A couple of weeks later it deve...

S Q U E E Z E   Those Buns!  ...

Couldn’t resist trying out the new RealBuzz website.  S’cuse the heading, it’s one of the things the new audio voices on Runkeeper says (the Drill Instructor in a cheesy American accent).  Think Brighton Marathon has now been and gone, I enjoyed my Mar...

Suck it and Squeeze

Missed out blogging about some training and Parkruns #94 Crystal Palace and #95 Dulwich but it was all for: Brighton Half Marathon – 3:05:56 I really am hopeless at this running malarkey but I will keep persisting (I have some secret hopes that I aspire...

Second 'RunThrough' in Hyde P...

Saturday 28th Jan – RunThrough 10k Hyde Park Got to the station with time to spare this time, only to dash back home as I’d left my Garmin attached to the laptop!  But still caught the train to Victoria (definitely advantages to living across the road f...

Starting the new Program Part...

Tempo Run Wed 18th Jan Not sure if I’ve done one of these before or not.  It was described as: Run for 8mins at a moderate pace with 2 mins recovery, then 6, then 4.  I programmed everything into Runkeeper but it decided it was too hard to read out to m...

Inspirational Quotes...

Loved HWD’s idea on facebook but I was a little late to that party so I thought I’d produce my collection for all here (various searches throughout the internet mostly). I’ve been saving them as I’d hoped at some point to design them up to print onto t-...

Dancing in the Rain

Parkrun 91 (14th Jan) – nothing new to report – Was worried about the ice so left extra early and arrived half an hour ahead of time!  Which meant I was able to have a warm up walk beforehand.  All the same it was a slog around in the cold avoiding the ...

Brixton 10k - 8th January 2017

Before that please let me thank all of you who took the time to comment on my last blog.  Thank you so much, each was read and happy thoughts emitted into the ether.  I can never think of sensible, witty (or intelligent) responses so sorry.  But that do...

Hangs head in shame.....

Can’t believe I’ve not posted anything since October last year!!  I feel so ashamed of myself, but where does the time go?  I’ve got a couple blogs in draft format but thought I’d better get this one on before it’s too late.  (I've removed the Happy New...

Mission Report

I’ve now started this tale a few times now but due to laptop issues it keeps getting lost so I’m trying yet again.  I’m sorry this is likely to be a long one as I want to record everything I can remember. Saturday evening we arrived at out B&B (sat ...

A Right Posh Parkrun for a Bi...

Sorry this is so late, been having IT issues (still not fixed though). Never know how to start these blogs so I’ll just jump in as both Marc and Jane have explained the reasons for last weekends RealBuzz Meet-up. So early on Saturday morning I had a bri...

My 80th Parkrun in Dulwich

Had intended to have a go at fast walking it but forgot.   So had a go on the second lap – oh boy do I now have new respect (although it was pretty high to start with) for our Kathy and Rob.  My legs started complaining after half a mile! Managed to sti...

Your Mission should you accep...

I very nearly bought myself a Burkini as I have absolutely no idea what to wear for my next event. But stopped myself when I found an old swimming costume hidden at the back of a drawer along with a pair of shorts.  So I now have my undergarments sorted...